INTEGRATED STREAM OF LIVING LIFE
God is not somewhere else. His not in ‘religious places’ and not contained in religious ‘times’. He is not more present on Sunday than He is on Wednesday. Our life is not dichotomised with a compartment for our stuff and one for God’s stuff. God is not separated from you. There is no sacred and secular in the Kingdom Age. God lives in fullness in your being. The incarnation means that God is in you and in us.
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT
A distorted gospel makes fundamentally incorrect assumptions about the nature of Christ’s gospel and our participation in it. For example salvation and the Kingdom is not about the law. Neither is it about religion. Salvation is not only about salvation because salvation is a ‘given.’ The given is ours and already achieved as our union with God. Our proper response is to live in this union. But even then the vicarious humanity of Jesus is paramount. We live in Jesus and in His union with God by agreeing the He is our life.
Paul wrote, ‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV. When is this glory? It is now, it is ongoing and it is to come.
BECOMING YOU IN CHRIST OUR LIFE
As soon as the religious man or woman departs the self-effort of religion and dies to himself/herself and her attempts to gain self-worth – we begin to grow in the authenticity of who we were created to be and who we are as a result of the Spirit of Jesus manifesting in our being. Your glory is to be yourself as a son of God.
Torrance writes, “The Christian life as fundamentally about union with Christ. Christian living is not "a work we are left to complete in ourselves," it is "a life lived exclusively in and through union with Jesus Christ". To view Christian living as something we do, with some help from Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit when needed is to embrace what Torrance sees as a tragic error that leads to separating Christian living from union with Christ, thus legalizing the gospel in a way that divorces atonement from incarnation---a separation of Christ's work from his person.
The issue of life and Godliness is not the law and the keeping of it. The issue is the trinitarian God and your belonging and inclusion in God’s Communion. Obedience is living from where we have been positioned – in God.
Christs work and person are one and He is alive in you.
‘This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit’ 1 John 4.13 NIV.